Marsha Nouritza Odabashian

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“Magic” is the word used by J Fatima Martins of ArtScope Magazine in reference to the process and content in Marsha Nouritza Odabashian’s drawings and paintings.

As young child she watched her mother cultivate the Armenian tradition of dyeing eggs red by boiling them in onionskins. Decades later, she splashes and pours dye-soaked onionskins onto canvas, paper and compressed cellulose sponge to create a ground for vignettes to emerge. She draws upon themes such as current events, history and human rights which uniquely reflect the tension and expansiveness of being raised in dual cultures, Armenian and American.

Born and raised in the Boston area, Odabashian received a BFA from the University of New Orleans and an MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts in Boston. She studied drawing, painting and art history at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, the Art Students’ League in New York and Massachusetts College of Art. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums in New England, New York, California, Louisiana and Armenia.